What is end of tenancy cleaning?
Once off house cleaning can mean different things to different people. You may be a builder looking for a deep clean after a renovation project or upon completion of a new build, the clean required at the end is referred to as an after build clean. If you are having a deep clean after tenants move in or out of a property this is commonly known as an end of tenancy cleaning. A deep clean done while the owners/tenants still live in the property is called once off cleaning. A refreshing clean done at the beginning of the year is called spring cleaning.
Besides the name, there are a few differences between these types of cleaning services.
After Build Cleaning - this type of cleaning concentrates mainly upon dust removal and deep floor cleaning. A newly built house would not have greasy surfaces but can be extremely dusty and may have a lot of paint or render to be removed, this is very time consuming, labour intensive work. Many newly built houses have new windows with stickers on them. Removing these stickers can be a big job in itself.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - the most intense type of cleaning is called end of tenancy cleaning. This type of cleaning will cover more or less the whole property. The new tenant will expect the place fully disinfected, the tile grout cleaned, the kitchen degreased, the cooker spotless and the whole place dust free. In many cases, carpet cleaning and sofa cleaning is also required. After a deep end of tenancy cleaning the whole place should feel clean and disinfected.
Once Of Cleaning – this is a clean tailored mainly for tenants/owners who still live in the house but are way too busy to take care of the cleaning. A quick call to a professional house cleaning company and your home will be spotless in no time. A deep once off cleaning will cover the whole house top to bottom with a few optional extras. External window cleaning, carpet cleaning, oven cleaning or sofa cleaning are not always necessary but can be added to the package at extra cost.
Spring Cleaning – this type of cleaning is a full dusting and refreshment to give your home a clean airy feeling. After the winter months your home may feel dry and full of dust. A professional house cleaning company will deep clean the whole place top to bottom in a matter of hours. Extra attention will be paid to windows and all the woodwork.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - Duration
Most cleaning companies who offer end of tenancy cleaning services offer package deals. You can opt for a standard package or you have the option to add a few extra services where required. Depending on the cleaning services which you require and any additional work you have requested, the cleaning process can take anything between 3 to 6 hours. Also, the number of cleaners used by a house cleaning company can increase or decrease the amount of time required for the cleaning. 3 cleaners can finish the job in 3 hours while 2 cleaners might need 5 to 6 hours. End of tenancy cleaning contractors generally charge per job and not per hour. Many people expect a company to spend exactly 5 hours doing the clean to feel like they are getting their money’s worth, but if the house cleaning company uses better quality cleaners and better cleaning equipment it might finish faster.
The size of the house, the condition of the house and a few other factors can increase the amount of time required to complete the job.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - What is standard cleaning?
When you book a professional house cleaning company to clean your house, you would expect some basic jobs to be done. Washing all the floors, cleaning all the internal windows, dusting the whole place, washing all the worktops, washing all the external surfaces of the presses, light switches, sockets, lights, photo frames, the fridge, tiles & all the porcelain surface.
Extra services can be also added and you should be very careful what you book. Most house cleaning companies offer all the above as standard but please check before booking. Extra services are:
Sofa Cleaning Services
External Window Cleaning
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - What is the fair price?
The question to ask is, what do you expect from the cleaning company? As an ex house cleaning company owner, I can tell you that most people minimise the amount of cleaning required to receive cheaper prices and then expect magic results. A standard 3 bed house will require 2 cleaners for around 5 hours. Right. A cleaning company will have to pay the minimum rate of 10.40 euro + PRSI, holiday and other taxes, so that will work out at around 15.5 euro per hour. Here is the maths, it will cost 155 euro for 2 cleaners to spend 5 hours in your home. After that, there are cleaning products, advertising, diesel, management, equipment, etc. A cleaning company needs to charge you 200 euro for an end of tenancy cleaning only to break even. Only what is over 200 euro, is pre tax profit.
Next time you are planning to hire an end of tenancy cleaning company and you receive a quotation of 180 euro for a 3 bed house, you need to know that they have to either stay less than 3 hours or they will not do a lot of the work that should come as standard. It does not make financial sense for a company to do a job for 180 euro which costs them 200 euro, they need to make some profit.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - Who provides what?
A professional cleaning company has to know its chemicals and to budget the time. Deep cleaning a cooker can take 30 min if proper oven cleaning products are used or can take up to 2 hours if low PH oven cleaners are used. The same goes for all other cleaning products. If your end of tenancy cleaning company tells you that you need to supply all the cleaning products, you are in trouble. The same rule applies for the vacuum. Most professional house cleaning companies use powerful vacuums to remove as much dirt as possible as efficiently as possible. Using a cheap vacuum with no power can increase the job duration dramatically. A proper house cleaning company should use their own vacuums and professional cleaning products.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - What cleaning products are the best?
Of course, natural cleaning products sound the best but there is an issue. Most 100% natural or organic cleaning products are useless. The technology is not there yet. Eco friendly cleaning products can be a much better option. There are brands of cleaning products like Cleanfast, Evans, Craftex, Bona, Junckers, etc, that are eco friendly. These products are kinder to the environment but still highly effective cleaning agents.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - Insurance
Most major end of tenancy cleaning companies are well established and trustworthy. But there is always one and you cannot afford to take a chance. Fancy furniture can be easily damaged, glass can be scratched, floors can be burned with chemicals and so on. Why take a chance? If you hire a proper end of tenancy cleaning company they will have no problem providing you with a copy of their insurance cert.
End of Tenancy Cleaning - Local cleaning company
There are professional house cleaning companies covering the whole County Dublin area and there are local house cleaning companies covering only a particular area. Hiring a big company that covers the whole Dublin can cost a bit extra, depending how far your property is located from their office. It is always better to keep money local and encourage local employment. A local end of tenancy cleaning company is unlikely to get stuck in the traffic or to let you down. But if you are a builder or a big estate agent looking for multiple units to be done, you might be better off hiring a big county wide cleaning company. They would have more staff and the capability of doing multiple jobs at the same time.
End Of Tenancy Cleaning - Payment
Many end of tenancy cleaning companies pre-charge for their services. It does not sound right but they have to protect themselves. People often cancel jobs with very short notice without any regard for the cost which the cleaning company may already have incurred before the cleaning has even started. If you do not cancel in good time then that slot is lost therefore the cleaning company has lost business and money but will still have to pay salaries for its cleaners.
Bear in mind that hiring a cleaning company is not a necessity but a luxury. The work has to be paid for after the job is done. It is your duty to check the job and make sure that it is up to your standards and then pay for it. Any clear issues that you might find later on will be sorted by your cleaning company within 24 hours. Never repair the issues yourself and then expect a refund. It is like you telling your car mechanic that your car was not working well but you have repaired it and you want some money back. Any professional needs to see the issue and they will sort it out within 24 hours.
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